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every weekend rk, we like to bring you interesting news items. jackie jeras and i are going to play some dodge ball tonight. the world's biggest dodge ball event staged the other day. nearly 1800 students turned out. the record folks were on hand to make the new record official. that looks like a whole lot of fun. and then, there was this story out of cambridge, massachusetts. a dog playground is turning those gifts they leave behind into energy. it is turned into special containers. as the waste breaks down, it's
methane gas and it's used to power the lights in the park and neighborhood. we're tracking breaking news this hour out of wisconsin. we're getting word from columbus county officials in the central part of the state that there is a levy there that is failing. this is new video we just got in from portage, wisconsin. greg matthew joins me by phone. we understand an evacuation order has been issued for people in the black hawk area. >> we're concerned that a section of that 14-mile levy may collapse. we've been monitoring a boil since this morning. we took some precautionary steps. they didn't work. it could collapse at any time. we just don't know when. we're not really used to dealing with a situation like this. tht a 120-year-old relic.
it was made of sand. where as a modern levy that our engineers are familiar with would be constructed of steel and concrete. so, if it does fail, we, quite frankly, don't know the extent and scope of what will happen. >> what's being done to prevent failure? >> we're working along the 14-mile long levy and other areas and so far, have been able to contain those problems. >> you're not even sure, i was going to ask if you expect it to with stand, but you don't know. >> we don't know. we do know if the river would drop a couple of feet, that would help. >> how many people would be affected? >> there's 60 residences and local authorities are asking those people to get out. >> listen, greg matthew with the
department of natural resources. best of luck to you. as a matter of fact, let's bring in jackie jeras to update us on the situation. they don't know. >> they've never dealt with this before. this is basically a record flood we're dealing with and a very old levy system. it's really tough to keep up with that. let's show you the area we're talking about. this is central wisconsin. this is around theportage area. this is the area we're talking about. this whole big, earthen levy system. i want to show you the map of the flood stages and show you what the river's been doing today. here you can see the current level. 20.4 feet and here's what the record stage was. 20.5. we missed this by a tenth. that river is just ever so slowly going to start to go down. this is through tuesday that
we're looking at very little recession on this river, so that pressure and that force is going to stay there and it's going to build there, so this thing isn't going away today. gradually going down below flood stage probably some time on wednesday or thursday, so very serious situation unfolding. 11 inches of rain fell here earlier in the week and now, that river is trying to get everything downstream and alleviate some of that stress. >> thank you. jackie's going to keep ut updated on that one. we turn to developing news now. eddie long went before his -- the allegations of sexual misconduct. long -- such disturbing charges made by four young men who said
their pastor coerced them into sexual situations. >> as i said earlier, i am not a perfect man, but this thing, i'm going to fight. and i want you to know one other thing. i feel like david against goliath. i've got five rocks and haven't thrown one yet. martin savidge was at this morning's service and he's filed this report. >> reporter: standing before an overflowing crowd in the megachurch he built, bishop eddie long was in no mood to back down. >> there have been allegations and attacks made on me.
i have never in my life portrayed myself as a perfect man. but i am not the man that's being portrayed on the television. that's not me. that is not me. >> reporter: it was long's first public comments since four young men filed lawsuits against him, accusing him of using his position to coerce them into having sex. so many came to hear what long had to say, traffic was still snarled as the service began. what do you hope to hear today? >> the truth. the truth. >> reporter: inside, parishioners waited an hour for
their pastor to appear. clearly feeling at home, long acknowledged those listening went far beyond his usual sunday morning crowd. >> good morning -- and good morning to all our other guests. >> reporter: when long event eventually turned to the scandal, the levity was gone. >> i've been accused. i'm under attack. >> reporter: and his intentions became clear. describing a legal battle of biblical proportions. >> i am not a perfect man, but this thing, i'm going to fight. and i want you to know one other thing. i feel like david against g
goliath, but i got five rocks and haven't thrown one yet. >> reporter: afterwards, the more subdued long appears before the news media. >> as of advice of counsel, i am not going to address the allegations and the attack that's been levied upon me at this moment. >> reporter: then left without taking questions, leaving parishioners with questions on whether the truth was what they heard. >> he's innocent. he didn't do anything. i believe him. >> seemed like he avoided the subject. >> reporter: martin savidge, cnn. >> coming up, we're going to talk the legal merritts of the case shortly here on cnn. your plane is coming in, then you hear this. >> brace for impact. >> the drama on a delta airlines flight last night is all caught on tape. [ male announcer ] fact --
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wasn't on "good morning america." that would be tomorrow. this is on "this week." with emanuel in chicago, what are democrats looking at? this new cnn poll show that is the president has an all-time low approval rating. it's at 42%. that's actually comparable to what carter, reagan and clinton saw in their first term in office. so very bad approval rating for obama. republicans hold a 53-44 percentage advantage over democrats right now, don. it shows that nine-point advantage is very hard to overcome. it's not a question of how many seats will democrats lose on election day. it's a question, will they lose control of the house of representatives and perhaps the senate, don. >> is there a strategy for
democrats? >> they are terrible right now. president obama began the first of four major campaign rallies this week. he will be in wisconsin trying to get his supporters up and going. we'll also see vice president biden on the campaign trail. but what is really, really depressing for democrats right now, if you dig into these numbers we have, it shows that when these voters are asked, is your vote for a republican mostly to express support for republicans or opposition to democrats, that's 49% opposition to democrats. on this day in history, our colleague pointed this out. in this day in history 50 years ago, it was the kennedy-nixon debate. that totally changed ou politics was covered in our country. >> walking encyclopedia. thank you. mark will be back at 10:00 eastern with new numbers on the tea party. for the latest political news,
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is what you're eating making you sick? a recrept sam sam scare prompted a huge recall of eggs across the country. nicholas kristof is pointing blame at industrial farming. cramming egg, laying hens into cages and stuffing livestock with antibiotics. i talked with him earlier. >> in your article, you say that industrial agriculture is unhealthy. has it always been that way and can we correct it? can we turn the ship around? >> well, there is some danger and looking back at historic
agriculture and seeing some kind of panacea, we sprayed all kinds of things on our cherry orchard that were probably not very safe. i think that in some ways, industrial agriculture is unsafe and creating problems. maybe the best example is how antibiotics are fed to livestock to prevent them from getting sick and help them grow faster. when i was growing up, we never fed our manuals antibiotics and nobody would feed their kids antibiotics to reduce the chance of getting an ear infection. north carolina uses more for livestock than the entire united states does for humans. 84% of antibiotics in this country are going to livestock and the result is antibiotic
resistant infections that affect everybody. >> nicholas, that brings me to that. there's been a lot of talk about this genetically engineered salmon. what's your concern about that? >> well, clearly,enetically modified pups have enabled us to be feed more people and so i think it's a mistake to have afraid of these events generally. there also is a really legitimate concern that in the short run rush for a profit, people are going to introduce genes in fish, for example, that will enable those fish to get to market earlier, make them more money. but if they escape, they'll have long-term consequences for
animals in the wild. in the case of salmon, this has been reviewed. there are arguments back and forth. i don't know where i come down on that, but you know, there clearly are concerns with farm s salmon already, for example, and there are risks that genes will swamp out of the farm populations and create larger problems. >> coming up, the cnn cover story. what all of us choose to eat, where we buy our food and how much we spend on it says a lot more about us than we think. my worst nightmare and probably yours. no landing gear and your plane is coming in for an emergency landing. it happened last night in new york. the incredible, heart-stopping video from inside the plane when we come back. i really didn't see it coming. i didn't realize i was drifting into the other lane. [ kim ] i was literally falling asleep at the wheel. it got my attention, telling me that i wasn't paying attention. i had no idea the guy in front of me had stopped short.
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of sparks. everyone though is okay. bishop eddie long said today he will fight the allegations of sexual misconduct made on him. let's discuss the legal case with our panel. columbus university professor, mark hill, tv host of "our world" from philadelphia. from westchester county, new york. former federal prosecutor, sunny hosten. i want you to listen to bernstein about the evidence in this case. >> i have the bishop's private e-mail addresses. more than one. he would tex them. he would write them. this bishop, why, this man is so
powerful, supposed to be ministering to his flock, has time to e-mail them, back and forth. send me a picture. not naked, just where ever it is. just send me a picture. >> does this necessarily prove the case here? >> that in and of itself would not, but i reviewed the complaints and they are fairly significant to me because everyone knows there is a legal responsibility not to compromise your position of trust to overcome a minor's will and that is what they're saying. they're saying that bishop long used his position as pastor to over come their will. if this passes the initial judge's review, it could go to trial. these are very serious allegations and i think they pass the legal standard here.
>> we're not talking about jail time here. this is about reputation and money. >> that's right. they are civil complaints that have been filed. a lot of these cases do end up in a financial settlement because it's embarrassing for the person. one thing i'm slightly concerned about for him is the possibility of criminal charges. >> mark, you worked with b.j. bernstein on the wilson case. craig gellen is a former u.s. attorney and also, dwight thomas. these aren't civil attorneys. these are criminal attorneys. >> dwight worked on the case before b.j. these are criminal attorneys and i think we saw this from his words earlier in the church, he's going to mount an extremely aggressive strategy. the one thing we did in the hear this morning was, i did not do
it. i think it will be interesting to see how things play out. but bernstein has mounted an interesting strategy. she's also sort of preparing a strategy that will help potential jurors lean on her side. >> what do you mean? >> an example. if you look at the complaint, one of the things in addition to failure to sben veer, she talks about how these boys were ordinary, straight boys who tried to have girlfriends and eddie long wouldn't let them. for a injury, ordinary, straight boys being preyed upon by a gay minister as opposed to them being gay church members. even though it's above the age of consent, all of these other issues, i think long's people are going to have problems. >> that's all we have time for. sunny is from in session.
coming up in the next half hour, indulging in the good and nasty facts about food. it is tonight's cnn cover story.
this is the cnn cover story. >> it looks like an atlantic salmon. >> you may have heard this week's news about the first genetically engineered animal that the government may approve for people to eat. an atlantic salmon that grows twice as fast as nature's own, but after the salmon waiting down the road meets enviropig. >> i need to wash up this row. >> to meet a pig. >> we took the journey to meet the next generation. will these new animals be safe to eat? will they be good or bad for our environment? >> it's almost like olive oil. >> and what do some of the world's great chefs at an exclusive pig roast make of it
all? tonight and all week, cnn is taking a food journey. we have sent reporting teams to every corner of arica and beyond. our mission is to get fresh answers about how our food is grown. we have teamed up with a new online destination, eatocracy.com. we begin with an animal called enviropig. why such a name? we sent allan chernoff to find out. >> reporter: it's about an hour's drive where scientists created the first pig. it's a genetically enhanced pig. but what could be environmental about a pig? after all, a pig is a pig. how are you?
he oversees research studies at the university where scientists have been trying to solve the problem of pollution from pig manure. they're attempting to do that by improving a hog's ability to digest nutrients. >> definitely a smell of swine around here. >> reporter: even though the pigs smel, it's the visitors who need to wash up. >> we're trying to eliminate disease causing organisms. >> reporter: you're telling me i need to wash up -- >> to meet a big. >> reporter: we are now clean and ready to meet our pigs. big guys. and girls. this is the enviropig.
looks just like a pig. >> looks, sounds identical to a normal pig. >> reporter: but it is different. to create this pig, scientists have added an e. coli gene. >> we don't know what it tastes like because there have never been any human exposure trials where people have eaten products from the pig. >> reporter: no portion of the pig? >> no portion. we have done extensive testing on its internal organs. looked at the nutrition. >> reporter: these are the ninth generation of these pigs. the first was conceived here in
1999, but not only 2007 did scientists apply to the fda for approval for these kinds of pigs to be eaten. but the original idea was not to create a bigger, tastier pig. why create a pig like this? >> to try to control and reduce the environmental footprints of pig farming around the world. by reducing the amount of phosphorous the pig produces. >> reporter: fphosphorous is a nutrient that helps the pig grow. farmers use that as fertilizer. when it rains, some runs off into the watershed, meaning it gets into rivers and lakes. too much phosphorous in a body of water can cause algae bloom that suck up all the oxygen and
destroy habitats for fish and other a quautic life. about 50% more according to researchers. that means half as much comes out in its manure. the university says it believes fds is more than halfway through analyzing its application but reveal where the process stands. >> i think people are particularly concerned about genetic engineering and what i can tell the american public is that the fda has a very rigorous process for inspecting the safety from such animals and that no food from a genetically engineered animal will go on the market unless it is safe. >> reporter: the head of food state of the says when it comes to enviropig, hog farming needs to change. not the big. >> we are crossing the
boundaries of nature as no other generation has before and the question is, whether that is safe, something that we should be doing ethically. those are very serious questions we need to be asking. >> reporter: these little piggies will never go off to market, but their great, great grandchildren just might. if so, their ability to reduce pollution in our waterways could sustain another food source. fish. imagine that. a pig that protects fish. allan chernoff, cnn. >> they are cute, aren't they? when the cnn cover story returns, how to address the health questions you may have about eating genetically engineered animals. the salmon that's up for approval. this kid has an interesting perspective now that he is the author of "four fish." and as for the pig, why the pit
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welcome back, everyone. we're kicking off a week of cnn special coverage on food. a fresh look at how it affects your state of mind, your body and wallet. tonight, genetically engineered animals. this week, the fda has been considering an application by the company for a salmon that grows twice as quickly as salmon from the sea. here's the company's president. >> we do not believe that there is any material difference between this salmon and atlantic salmon. this meets the definition as defined and accepted by the fda and every objective measure investigated by the firm over the last 15 years, this is an
atlantic salmon. >> joining us right now for unique perspective is a man whose mom bought him a cheap alum numb boat when he was 13 years old. thanks for joining us, mr. greenberg. you're the author of "four fish." it's how overfishing has endangered the ocean. it would seem engineering fish that grows twice as fast could take pressure off fish struggling to survive. >> well, don, it doesn't. in a word. the thing is our consumption of salmon has doubled over the past 20 years. as we come up with a genetically modified salmon, we're yus going to eat twice as much. i really don't think this is going to take pressure off.
no example in history of ever farming fish has taken pressure off wild stock. it's just not the way to go about it. >> there's some concern about whether or not these fish, if it does happen to go into the ocean, the food change, that's a serious concern, isn't it? >> it is. and you know, it's interesting to look at aqua bounty's plan. they want to grow their eggs in canada, then fly them to the mountains of panama. then slaughter them there and send them to the united states. to me, it sounds like the iran contra deal of fish. why aren't they growing them in the united states? the reason is because if they grow them in the united states, they'd have to do a full environmental impact study and they don't want to do that. they're trying to ram this through fda in my opinion. >> you know someone is going to do it or take one of the fish or
what have you, someone, an angry moe or something and might introduce it into our food chain. >> absolutely. the thing is, what we have to remember is that atlantic salmon, the fish this was modify ed from, is an endangered species. the fish was commercially extinction. they're very, very vulnerable and threatened. if any of these fish get out from edward island or later on, their plan is to grow this fish, they say they want to grow them within range of population centers. if you're growing these fish in the united states, it's a huge risk to atlantic salmon. >> i have to play devil's advocate. we're already in some ways eating genetically engineered food? >> sure. soy and so forth. the thing is, we're dealing with
trying to farm genetically modified animals in the presence of wild animals. we still have wild atlantical mo salmon out there. if we care about these wild food system, if we want them to maintain, we cannot introduce a genetically modified organism. >> all right. thank you, sir. i want to tell you we did reach out to the president of aqua bounty for the show, who wanted to come on, but had a scheduling conflict. next, what questions we all should be asking about whether genetically engineered animals are safe to eat. and access to a pork lover's dream. ♪ i hate suburbia and the bourgeoi-sie ♪
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welcome back. you've met enviropig, heard about the new genetically engineered salmon being examined by the fda. we want a fresh perspective on whether these animals will be safe. so, we've chosen dr. schwartz, an m.d. who spent 25 years in practice.
thank you for joining us. what is it that you want to know before you would eat genetically engineered meat or food? >> i think this falls under the notion of what we've been calling for the last 10, 15 years, precautionary principle. it's the idea that if something new is going to be introduced, for example, like genetically engineered food to human beings, then the burden of proof it's that safe, effective, not an environmental problem, falls on the people who want to introduce it, as opposed to proving it isn't dangerous. so that's really the issue here. this is not a new concept. in medicine, we've had this idea of first do no harm since the time of aapproximahip pohipoacr
>> you see young ladies becoming older sooner because of the hormones. that's the concern for most people, they don't flow how it's going to affect their bodies. >> absolutely. and ultimately, we have to decide if a product is safe. to do that, it's where we put that fulcrum, where we put that point of say. it's the product that's being introduced is absolutely critical and so necessary that it must come soon that enof course we're going to compromise some on the safety. if on the other hand the product is not critical that we can take some time with and study very carefully, then that's what we should be doing. >> so there's a question, what about -- what can you do, it's will just say that genetically engineered, alsoered sanl, they are introduced and they are allowed to go on, so what do you? if you don't want it, just don't eat it? what about at spillover effect?
what if this is used in other things like different spreads or what have you or things that you put on your food or in juror sandwiches? >> right. these things are going to have to be hammered out very carefully. there are implications far beyond safety both for humans as well as the environment. there are implications that have to do with legality. there are implications of how you're going to let people advertise these products and label them. there are philosophical issue, ethical issues and also of course religious issues. so it's a very complicate the topic. >> dr. john schwartzberg, thank you, sir. >> thank you. when "the cover story" returns, our own kat kensman brings us a pork lover's dream. what's going on? when we're crunched for time, brad combines office celebrations
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welcome back, everyone, to the cnn "cover story." we began with the eni have rvir we end it with khat. why didn't you bring any more for us? >> it doesn't transport well. >> excuses. >> this was a pork lover's dream, the french culinary institute got together chefs from the italy and the south and frenchmen and just celebrated pig that was raised in the old-fashioned way. >> you're killing me. >> let pigs be pigs. >> let's look. >> today, we're here to enjoy some serious pig. people who are cooking here today are very careful about how they raise their pigs, they're looking to the past, they're going to heirloom, organically
fed breeds of pig, they feel they are just humanely raised and moreover, they just taste better. let's get some pig. >> for me, i like to get the hardest breeds or the breeds that basically was raised in a natural environment. >> so what part of the pig is this? >> this is the whole pig. what you do first is just get a piece over here without any sauce on it. >> this tastes very eastern to me it. >> is, sir, it is. you're my guy. i didn't have to pay him to say that either. >> i grew up eating lexicon barbecue. >> this is the fat. it's almost like olive oil. you know, that's the key. >> i love crackling. is that the piece? >> that's the piece right there. now i didn't give her the piece this time. >> that's beautiful pigskin right, there just cracking in my teeth. >> one thing i know for sure,
the big master he made everything perfect for the zbining, that's my personal belief. >> what we like it do now is we're going to place the back legs or we can do, we can push it forward, we have the shoulder here, jet belly right there. we have the ribs. >> this might be a little too graphic for tv, but the chefs right now are butchering the pigs, we just had a little history lesson about where they came from, their happy lives, what they were fed, we were talking to all these different chefs about the importance of having a happy pig. >> perfect pig is an animal that's been raised to about 15 to 18 months. he's got a lot of fat in between those muscle fibers so he's very fat. >> could it be achieved through scientific means? >> no. >> why is that?
>> we barely have the science to make, you know, synthetic rubber. let alone synthetic animals. >> especially the proscuitto, you make it with three things, happy pigs, sea salt, air. >> this is good. >> we talk about the fat. this is all the fat. >> oh and is this lard? >> yes. >> this is absolute -- this is just heaven. this is just pure expression of pig. i don't want a pig that's genetically modified. i want pigs that are raised like pigs should be raised. and i want people to send as much time figure out how this is a beneficial way to help the land. they don't rape the land by raising a pig on it, they d

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